10 Things Your Personal Trainer Won’t Tell You


The lack of disclosure is not because he or she is intentionally keeping truths from you. Many of the problem solving skills that come with training come from covering sciences that include not just kinesiology, and physiology but also the endocrine system, nutrition, immunity, and much of it comes from life experience as well as a long history of either research or first-hand experience.

When I present educational content to trainers about how to help during hormone transition I have to share that with some signs and symptoms the solution is temporarily not exercising and focusing on restoring energy. Inevitably at least one trainer will resist the idea because arguably most of us are too inactive. Truth. But the trainer that encourages someone in adrenal fatigue or cortisol burnout to exercise more or harder, is going to make a problem worse. Eventually, the adrenals can be restored. They’ll bounce back and in less time with the right kind of attention to lifestyle habits. Finding the right trainer is key to boosting your results and getting going in the right direction from the beginning. You’re not a text book. A text book answer isn’t going to work.

  1. Hormones, not calories control weight. Then it becomes not a matter of looking at how many calories you’re eating and how many you’re burning. You don’t need that resting metabolism test and it won’t help you reach your goals quite as simply as a math equation. There is an answer. It’s just in balancing your hormones to banish symptoms. By changing lifestyle habits and exercise of the right type and timing based on your symptoms you’ll see your goal faster.
  2. Too much of a good thing could make you hold onto weight. Interval training is good. Long slow and low intensity exercise is good. Too much of either is not good. Even the best text book exercise could send hormones further out of balance. The best plan for you is based on signs and symptoms along with your goals.
  3. You might need a complete exercise break to lose weight. If you’re hormones are out of balance or your experiencing adrenal fatigue a rest before you begin to exercise might be your smartest decision. Dedicate time and energy to improving your lifestyle habits, ones you may have had for a long time and not realized they were having a negative impact on your health.
  4. Exercise is stress on your body. Usually, when it’s well-planned it’s a positive stress. Yet, if you’re carrying a load of stress that’s too much- between emotional, financial, exercise, or nutrition stress from too few or too ew of the right calories… your body is going to break down easier than it’s going to get stronger. Make sure you and your trainer are factoring in your whole life when you plan your exercise program.
  5. The RDAs are potentially sabotaging your weight loss. If you’ve got thoughts and habits you’ve learned in the past they potentially are limiting your needs today.
  6. So called “healthy” foods aren’t healthy for every one. Food sensitivities become more prevalent during hormone upheaval. You may not even realize you’re settling for low energy, or fatigue, until you do some testing on yourself in a systematic way.
  7. Every exercise is potentially “functional” for someone. Functional is a buzz word among fitness professionals today. Truthfully, any exercise can be functional. As with any exercise you should have a reason for doing it. It should directly tie to the benefits or outcome you want.
  8. No matter how many sessions you have or calories you slash you won’t lose weight if you’re not sleeping or you’re uber-stressed. Lifestyle habits play a big part of your overall results. You can’t outrun a poor diet, or a habit of hacking your sleep to get more done.fitnessvoice_1_revisi_copy_7F920AE01E06D
  9. If he/she gets you the fast results you want you’re going to lose as much muscle as fat and if you gain it back (because you can’t keep going at the same pace) you’ll gain back all fat. The extreme exercise programs that promise rapid results usually have extreme side affects.
  10. He/she doesn’t really know if you need three meals and no snacks or five small meals a day. Trainers sometimes follow a philosophy they prefer, potentially the one that works for them. A thorough review of your needs, past experiences, current habits and signs and symptoms should determine what you do. Some hormones respond best with three meals and no snacks. It should be based on your needs and tested with you.
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